Cheyenne Traditional School 13636 N. 100th Street • Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Cheyenne Traditional School
13636 N. 100th Street • Scottsdale, AZ 85260
tel: 480.484.5600
Principal Grace Stombres
Assistant Principal Robert Akhbari
our Mission Statement
Cheyenne Traditional School (CTS) is a school of choice in the Scottsdale Unified School District
(SUSD), which is a supportive part of the District. As approved by the Scottsdale Unified School
Board in 1995, CTS operates fully as a traditional school under the framework of SUSD and implements its own methods and types of instruction. CTS operates under the following principles:
The Cheyenne Traditional School concept focuses on academics as its highest priority. CTS emphasizes each academic subject as
a separate discipline and implements skills-based instruction. Scheduling is structured to ensure reduced interruption of classroom
academic time.
The acquisition of fundamental skills at CTS includes English grammar, handwriting
and cursive, literature, composition, phonics (Spalding Language Arts Program),
math, science, and social studies.
In the middle school arena (6, 7, 8) Spanish & Humanities are also part of the core
curriculum, Math advances through geometry and trigonometry and students can
earn high school credit for Spanish and Math classes. CTS offers honors based
classes preparing students for high school International Baccalaureate® (IB)
programs and Advanced Placement® (AP) programs.
the Nine Cornerstones of Cheyenne
School of Choice
Focus on Academics
Linear Sequential Curriculum
Teacher-Directed, Textbook-Based
Elevated Grading Scale
Maximum Use of Academic Time
Parental Commitment, Involvement
and Support
High Expectations for All
School Uniform
All CTS Students participate in Specials; PE, art, music, band, strings, computers
and library.
Instruction at CTS is executed mainly as direct or teacher-directed instruction.
Whether conducting group work, lecture, class discussions, or individual work time,
teachers fully direct these activities.
CTS’s sequentially designed curriculum is text book-based and articulates subject matter taught at each grade level, defines the
specific skills to be learned at each grade level, and relates subject matter to real world situations.
The Uniform Dress Code Policy at CTS enhances the academic environment, instills a sense of pride and positive self worth, and
alleviates social pressures.
Parents of students at CTS are committed to play an active role in the educational process and are committed (in writing) to support
the mission of the school.
CTS operates under the premise that intellectual development of the child is of primary importance; the social development of the
child will occur in a natural and orderly process as a result of experience in the academic environment at Cheyenne and through
experiences outside the academic environment.
the Cheyenne Parent
the Cheyenne Student
Supports Cheyenne Traditional philosophy
Supports and puts school attendance and required daily homework as a top priority
Supports the Cheyenne elevated grading scale & higher classroom expectations
Attends the mandatory parent orientation and any requested parent/teacher
If a student enrolls at Cheyenne during the academic school year or comes from
another school, parents will do what is necessary to assimilate the child into the
current and unique curriculum at Cheyenne
Supports Cheyenne’s school uniform policy
Respects maximum classroom learning time, (no personal message, phone calls,
lunch or homework deliveries) and minimum appointment interruptions
Acknowledges and supports the required Cheyenne/SUSD code of conduct
Volunteers actively during the school year. Volunteer opportunities are varied,
numerous, and flexible
Supports teachers and academics by keeping students organized, up to date on
homework and by checking classroom websites.
Helps student manage homework/classwork, but respects student’s independence
to learn and develop individually
Supports the teacher as the academic leader in the classroom
Prefers a quiet, structured environment
Understands the need for and respects rules
and authority
Puts school attendance and required
homework as a top priority daily
Is self-motivated, focused, and takes pride in
working towards goals and personal best
Possesses the ability to organize work and
prioritize tasks
Is respectful of others and willingly models
expected behavior
Actively engages in all levels of learning and
academic challenges
Enjoys the challenge of higher level, critical
Understands that all learning is a personal
Is able to follow auditory direct instruction
Is compliant with school uniform
“Looking back on my years at Cheyenne... I reflect on the learning and experience and
I consider Cheyenne to have prepared me for a lifetime of learning... to be restlessly
inquisitive, to always ask questions and to know that it’s important to be asking
questions... that is something that I have taken from Cheyenne and I know and I look
forward to applying in the future.”
Keith Bender
Harvard University
the Curriculum
Curriculum at Cheyenne is aligned from Kindergarten through eighth grade. We feel
that a consistent curriculum will provide students with the academic background
and success that will carry through the rest of their educational career. Cheyenne is
on trimesters.
In Kindergarten to 3rd grade, students
will be given number grades to reflect
achievement & effort:
Advanced (3rd Grade only)
Needs Support
In grades 4th to 8th, students will be given
letter grades. Students are graded on an
elevated grading scale to reflect achievement & effort:
93% - 100%
84% - 92%
72% - 83%
60% - 71%
Below 60%
School Facts
We respect our student’s learning time and we don’t interrupt the class for personal
messages, lunch, homework or other deliveries
Rated “A” by Arizona Department of Education
Onsite Nurse, Speech, Language
“... Cheyenne gives you a daily planner
Specialists, Psychologist, Counselor and and being an athlete, as well as an
Occupational Therapist
excelling student, this planner allowed
High School credit for Geo/Trig Honors,
me to organize myself so I could be
Algebra 1 and Spanish 1
organized and do my work to the best
We teach cursive starting in 2nd grade
of my ability.”
Gifted placement in Elementary
John Fioriti
Honors level curriculum across all
University of Michigan- ROTC
disciplines in Middle School
Habits for highly successful adults begin with highly successful students using
Student Planners. They use planners to learn the value of acting on their own to
organize activies and homework.
Active Parent/Teacher Organization
Cheyenne has many events that engage the community, for example Harvest Festival, Family Game Night, Evening Under the Stars, Scholastic Book Fair, Kindergarten Halloween Parade, Artist in Residence Program, 5th grade Colonial day and 6th
grade Greek day.
more information about Cheyenne visit:
CTS Video:
Cheyenne Traditional School is a school of choice within SUSD. All students new to
Cheyenne must open enroll in order to attend Cheyenne. SUSD will be accepting open
enrollment applications for the 2015-2016 school year beginning November 1, 2014 thru
December 15, 2014. Any applications for open enrollment received after the deadline
will be placed on a waitlist.
Open enrollment is completed online at
Typical Kindergarten Curriculum
Spalding Language Arts
Social Studies
Typical 5th Grade Curriculum
(departmentalized Instruction)
Language Arts
Math (5th grade or advanced)
Social Studies
Typical 8th Grade Curriculum
Language Arts
Math (Geo/Trig Honors, Algebra 1 or 8th
Social Studies
Spanish 1 (High School level)
grade math)
Specials: PE, art, music, band, strings,
computers and library.
Activies at Cheyenne
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
Student Government (STUGO)
Odyssey of the Mind
Middle School Athletics
CTS News Team
Toast Masters
Clip Club
SUSD Extracurricular Activies
“I think Cheyenne has prepared me specifically
in English and writing composition. I was one of
a few students to score a perfect score on the
AIMS writing section as a Sophomore, which I
think helped prepare me for scoring very well on
my AP (Advanced Placement) English Exams,
which helped me to be accepted in the IB
Program at Desert Mountain High School.”
Calen Harding
Barrett Honors College- ASU